ODI World Cup digest: India hand out a drubbing in entrance of 100,000 plus; two groups lose captains

The Men’s 2023 ODI World Cup is underway in India and runs from October 5 till November 19. Each morning we are going to spherical up the newest motion and news from the occasion and produce you the insights from our reporters on the bottom.

Top Story: Bumrah and spin do the trick as India hand Pakistan one other World Cup beating

India 192 for 3 (Rohit 86*, Iyer 53*) beat Pakistan 191 (Babar 50, Rizwan 49) by seven wickets

The recreation that at all times guarantees and barely delivers got here and went as soon as extra, promising loads at numerous phases, and in the end delivering what a blue mass of humanity had come to see: a crushing India win. A shocking middle-overs collapse from Pakistan which had them lose eight wickets for 36 runs turned what ought to have been an enthralling run chase right into a boring formality. Each India bowler performed a component in their very own means, 5 totally different gamers splitting the ten Pakistan wickets evenly.

With Pakistan folding for 191, India – spearheaded by captain Rohit Sharma – dazzled and sizzled, although actually, it was like bringing a gun to a knife combat. Pakistan had already checked out of this recreation, and have been bystanders as India romped residence in entrance of round 100,000 supporters to go to pole place in World Cup race for which they appear favourites.

Match evaluation: The Bumrah slower ball that bent time

Jasprit Bumrah would not go looking for wickets however on Saturday he discovered one which will likely be talked about for years and years. It was an offcutter. But additionally extra. In the identical means that the Mona Lisa is a portray but additionally extra.

Bumrah just about bent time with that ball. Or not less than the batter’s perspective of it. And this was Mohammad Rizwan on the crease. Well set. Fresh off a match-winning century that had shepherded the highest-ever chase within the males’s ODI World Cup. It wanted one thing particular to dislodge him. And Bumrah spent the entire over cooking it up.

The vibe: An environment like by no means earlier than, nevertheless it might have been a lot extra

The Narendra Modi Stadium is constructed to be imposing, a nod to muscular exhibitionism and an emblem of Indian cricket’s pole place within the sport. It beats the Melbourne Cricket Ground by not less than 20,000 seats, and although not as tall and colosseum-like because the MCG, its vastness makes it really feel as gladiatorial. And it is secure to say that cricket has by no means seen as many blue jerseys at a venue because it did at this time.

Every inch of this stadium was packed for the final IPL ultimate regardless of it being pushed by a day on account of rain however by no means had this floor hosted an India match of this magnitude. The earlier ODI video games right here have been performed throughout the Covid period, and the Test match throughout Border-Gavaskar Trophy, regardless of the pomp of two prime ministers making a grandstand look, was thinly attended. So right here it was, the actual deal, the day this stadium you hope was constructed for, to be bathed in cacophonous blue. And when the moments got here, it produced the noise so quintessentially natural to the Indian cricket expertise.

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Afghanistan vs England, Delhi (2pm IST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm AEST)

Much like hole 12 months college students, England left Dharamsala having discovered themselves, arriving within the sprawling metropolis of Delhi on Wednesday with a self-regard extra consistent with their white-ball dominance over the past eight years.

Their “crisis” lasted all of 5 days. A nine-wicket battering by the hands of New Zealand led to a lot introspection, however an equally dominant victory over Bangladesh has eased extra than simply Net Run Rate woes.

Reece Topley regarded the consequence as “a step in the right direction”, one he facilitated with 4 for 43 after being drafted in to interchange Moeen Ali. Throw in sturdy begins from Dawid Malan and Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow ticking and Mark Wood again up to the mark, and issues are starting to look extra balanced and settled for the defending champions.

Team news

England (doable) 1 Jonny Bairstow, 2 Dawid Malan, 3 Joe Root, 4 Harry Brook, 5 Jos Buttler (capt & wk), 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Sam Curran, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Mark Wood, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Reece Topley

Afghanistan (doable) 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), 5 Azmatullah Oarzai, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Najibullah Zadran, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen-ul-Haq, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi

Analysis: What is holding Rashid Khan again?

By the time Rashid Khan lastly got here into the assault to bowl the fifteenth over, India have been 125 for 0. He dismissed each openers, having Ishan Kishan caught at cowl and bowling Rohit after being taken for 3 consecutive boundaries, however these wickets served solely to underline the peculiarity: why did Afghanistan use 5 different bowlers earlier than Rashid?

It was the newest installment in Rashid’s uncommon and underwhelming World Cup profession, which is now 11 matches outdated. At 25, he already holds elite standing as a white-ball bowler: at some stage subsequent 12 months, he’ll overtake Dwayne Bravo because the main wicket-taker in T20 historical past. And but, that success has typically eluded him in 50-over cricket.

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